ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2.0
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
I like this tent, not ultralight but reasonable weight for the price.
- Aluminum poles
- Vestibules are large
- Window is nice feature
- Well vented
- Easy to set up
- Hasn't leaked
- Well made
- Little heavy
I have used this tent a few times so far, and have had nothing but good experiences. It fits myself, my girlfriend and my 70 lb dog no problem. The walls are pretty straight up, so you don't have to worry about your face being in the tent side like some standard dome tents.
It's well made, especially for the price. Cool looking tent with a ton of vestibule space. Very well vented. It's a little heavier than other 2p backpacking tents but it's made very well and is quite roomy, I would recommend it.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $75
Good small lightweight tent. Perfect for any outing.
- Easy to setup
- Great ventilation
- Packs a bit big for backpacking
I bought this tent for a backpacking trip last year and it delivered. Had great ventilation and was just big enough for me, my wife, and our 2 beagles to all sleep comfortably.
We had traversed 21 miles on day 1 of our trip and by the time we decided to setup camp, it was dark and we were scrambling to get setup. This tent took no time to throw up even in the dark with virtually no light.
We were happy with our purchase and would certainly reccommend it to others.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $80
Hard to find much to complain about here given the price. Excellent bang for your buck.
- Easy to pitch
- reasonably light
- quality construction
- Tight squeeze for 2 large adults
Really happy with the Zephyr 2. My other tent is a larger Big Agnes and I would say that the quality is actually close to comparable between the two, though the Alps Mountaineering tents are much less expensive — quite impressed with the bang for buck here.
Wanted something light enough to pack and carry by myself when tenting solo for a day or two, but big enough for me and my son, and this fit the bill. However, I'm 6'2" and wouldn't want to spend a night in the Zephyr 2 with another adult unless I'm married to her, as things would be pretty cozy with two grown ups.
This fits easily into my large daypack (32L), making it a great option for quick and light trips in addition to longer outings. There may be lighter tents out there but you pay big bucks for the relatively small weight difference — I'll take the few extra ounces and save the difference, thank you very much.
The mesh design makes it most useful in fairly mild temperatures. Footprint is not included but I made my own from an inexpensive tarp. Setup is easy for one person to do following the intuitive lead of the color coded poles and clips.
There are convenient storage pockets included inside the tent, and the rain fly provides two decently-sized vestibules that take advantage of the double-door design. Have had no issues with leaks or condensation.
All in all I give the Zephyr 2 a big thumbs up: quality to challenge the more expensive brands, light enough to use solo, easy set up. Great tent for the price.
Design: three-season freestanding
Price Paid: $99
I owned a Zephyr 1 and was quite pleased with it, despite some bad experience with the company's attitude towards a non-US customer. (see my review of the Zephyr 1.0) I wanted something with a little more space for me and my GF, so when I saw the Zephyr 2 on sale at STP, I grabbed it.
First time I used it, we were caught in a heavy shower, and immediately the fly started leaking in a few areas.
Firstly, the seam between the zip of the vestibule and the fly was not tapped. There was no point taping it either, since the fabric part of the zip is not waterproof. The slanting design of the door meant that the top of the zip hangs above the side of the base of the tent. Water started seeping through the seam and dripped through the mesh and onto the floor.
Secondly, there is a ventilation mesh on flysheet in the front of the tent. Again, the seam is not tapped and leaked.
Thirdly, there was no attachment point on the bottom of the flysheet at the back, nor an extra short guyrope to pull the flysheet away from the tent body. Water started soaking through the flysheet, onto the mesh, and into the tent. The waterproof rating of the fly was not very high in the first place, so it's very important to keep the fly off the tent body.
So my gf was frantically trying to dry out the tent from the inside, while I decided to brave the rain with my rain jacket on.
To the tent's merit, the ground it was on was waterlogged. The water was at least an inch above the ground, but somehow only seeped through the floor very slightly.
Luckily the rain only lasted half an hour, after that we dried out the tent as best as we could and had a relatively dry and peaceful night.
I studied the flysheet, and the only way to tape the leaking seams is on the outside, which means the seam will be exposed to sun and probably will not last as long.
So to me the tent is a mixed bag. On one hand, no where else can you find such value for money in a tent, and the light weight and spaciousness of the tent really appeals to me. But the few flaws just makes it hard to swallow.
Design: 3 season freestanding
Ease of Setup: cake
Price Paid: $77 @ STP!
I spent months looking for a backpacking tent that could give me some extra space for solo trips but also suffice for Father-son trips as well. A scout leader had told me about Alps Mtnrg. Got it online as a Zenith (same but slight color difference).
I have friends w/ MH, NF, BA's, and they were so impressed with the value of this baby - they couldn't believe that quality for the price. It breathes so well and is loaded with features - pockets, windows w/ adjustable visors, gear loft, etc. The serious, weatherproof fly turns this cool cat into a great 3 season tent, 4 w/ the right bag.
Plenty of room for me (6'2") with negligible weight penalty vs. a solo tent. It's a little cozy for 2 adults, but that's a plus when camping w/ my bride. Only takes a couple of minutes to put up, and despite it's all-mesh construction, has never leaked in water even under frightening rain conditions(great buckle-in fly).
The best value in its class, backed by a helpful, committed company. Don't pass it up!
Design: three-season freestanding wedge
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: $115
This tent cannot be beat for the money.
Two doors and two vestibules...check.
Full length fly...check.
You could easily spend another $200 and save a whopping 5-6 ounces.
Some people just cannot get over the name on the label.
I will dock it slightly for the roof design which creats a flat spot if you are not careful where water can pool.